Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Professional Development: LaGuardia's Global Learning Competency

Join us for a series of brown bag workshops this spring about Global Learning at LaGuardia Community College.

We will learn about what this core competency means for students entering the credit side of the college, and how we at TELC can best prepare them. We will look at assignments in a variety of credit courses, student writing samples, the global learning rubric, and more.

Writing teachers may find this particularly insightful and are encouraged to attend.

TELC Stories: Judy and Stephen -- What they learned from teaching in Iran and Oman

We feature a story about Judy and Stephen and what they learned from teaching English in Iran and Oman on the #telcstories blog this week.

Friday, March 3, 2017

TELC Stories: Nursen and the Literary Magazine

Nursen with Jose, who contributed to the Literary Magazine in 2016

This week, we feature Nursen and the TELC Student Literary Magazine on our #telcstories blog. Read the blog post and read below about how she uses the Magazine in her classroom.
One of my favorite things to do in my writing class is to distribute copies of the Literary Magazine from a previous semester to my students and assign it as reading homework. They are to read the magazine, choose one piece that they like the most, and be ready to explain why they like it. The next class, they get into groups and talk about their favorite pieces. Not only does this give them a chance to see good examples of writing at every proficiency level, but it also allows them to express their choices and opinions without the fear of being wrong. After all, that’s what we do in real life. We read, and we talk about what we read, without doing exercises or practicing vocabulary. I’ve observed that students really enjoy this activity. As a teacher, I especially like to see my level 3-4 students critique the content of a fellow writer’s work, hear how they relate to it, and see the diversity of their responses.
If any teachers are interested in doing a similar activity, Nursen can provide copies of the Magazine from previous semesters.